Core Investment Values

Pursuit of True Alpha

Vulpes seeks investments which offer true alpha, and does not aim to profit from management fees.

Vulpes and its predecessor Artradis have never gated redemptions, and have always returned capital when the investment thesis has no longer proven valid.

Conviction and Alignment

All of our investments are backed with a substantial amount of the Partners’ capital, and everything we invest in is available to outside investors.

Vulpes focuses on sizing the investment opportunity to maximise returns.

Long Term Partnership

Every senior staff member at Vulpes owns part of the company and is economically incentivised to grow the long term value of it. They are thus partners in the venture and are required to think and behave as such.

In order to maximize return, we actively seek out seasoned professionals with extensive and relevant expertise.

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The Early Years
2002 ARTRADIS
Barracuda Fund Launched

Artradis launched the Barracuda fund, focusing on two kinds of activities in Asia; multiple asset class arbitrage trades, and core long volatility trade.

2006 ARTRADIS
Artradis Prospers

Despite low volatility, Artradis delivered positive, negatively correlated returns.

Low volatility and increasing market over-exuberance made us concerned about instability in markets. As a response, we launched a new, more aggressively long-volatility short-credit fund.

Artradis was well positioned for what was to come.

2008 ARTRADIS
The Crash

The effects of the 2008 crash reverberated around the financial world. The entire financial system was threatened with insolvency, culminating in September with the bankrupcy of Lehman Brothers.

Volatility and Artradis's fund's NAV soared.

2009 ARTRADIS
The Rebound

Massive government bailouts staunched the financial collapse. Artradis was reaping the rewards of massively high volatility, and early 2009 saw significant redemptions from investors to shore up their positions elsewhere.

Artradis assets reached $5bn and, almost uniquely amongst such large funds, Artradis remained ungated, paying all investors on time and  in full. For all the success Artradis had garnered, it was clear to us that the winds were beginning to change, and the "long vol short credit" trade was losing its viability.

2010 ARTRADIS
The End of One Chapter...

In late 2010 Artradis closed and returned capital to investors, locking in profits of over $2.7bn. The long volatility trade had little merit in this new era of Government and Central Bank intervention in capital markets.

Vulpes Investment Management
2011 VULPES
...and the Start of Another

In 2011, Stephen Diggle set up Vulpes Investment Management, leveraging off the infrastructure and systems of the former Artradis platform. A number of key staff moved over with Steve, beginning investment across a range of sectors with founder’s capital anchoring all funds.

2015 VULPES VENTURES
The Fox Ventures Out

We began investing in young, promising companies as part of the venture capital arm of our fund. We were early investors in Property Guru and Trax, primarily interested in the digital space.

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2015 VLSF
The Doctor is In

In 2015, the Vulpes Life Sciences Fund was established. With a few notable investments in the field already under our belts, we felt more than ready to begin looking for new winners.

2015 VALIC
Closing Deals

The Vulpes Agricultural Land Investment Company (VALIC) bought 166 hectares of farmland in the North of New Zealand, land well-suited to growing Kiwis and Avocados.

2015 STRONGHOLD
Opening Doors

We also officially launched Stronghold German Real Estate with two portfolios, having proven our yield-driven strategy to be successful.

2017 VLSF
OXB Makes Massive Deal with Norvartis

Swiss pharmacutical company Norvartis made a landmark deal with Oxford Biomedica, in which OXB would be the sole providor of lentiviral vectors, establishing OXB as a major player in the industry.  This came five years after Vulpes's crucial investment.

2020 VULPES VENTURES
Venture Capital in the time of Cholera

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we set up a special opportunities fund to provide funding to a variety of young companies who were trying to get off the ground when the pandemic struck.

2021 VULPES SUSTAINABILITY
Sowing new Seeds

A 12 month pandemic exposed the cracks in the corporate world, and reinforced to us the need for resilient and sustainable investing. With several notable new hires and all eyes on ESG, we began hunting for fresh investment opportunities.